Presenter: John-Paul E. Boyd QC

John-Paul E. Boyd, QC is an accredited family law arbitrator, family law mediator and parenting coordinator, a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia, and counsel to the Calgary family law firm Wise Scheible Barkauskas.

John-Paul practiced family law in Vancouver for 14 years before taking a position as the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, at the University of Calgary, in 2013. He returned to private practice, providing services throughout Alberta and British Columbia, in 2018 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019.

John-Paul regularly writes and lectures on family law topics for judges, law societies, professional associations and the public. He has been a frequent speaker for the National Judicial Institute, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the National Family Law Program and the Canadian Bar Association, and has taught the upper-year family law course at the University of Calgary. He mentors members of the Law Society of Alberta in the area of family law.

John-Paul is a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Family Law and has served as an external article referee for the UBC Law Review, the Windsor Law Yearbook of Access to Justice, the Canadian Journal of Family Law and the Alberta Law Review. He is a juror of the Walter Owen Book Prize, awarded by the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research, and the Allan Falconer Memorial Essay Contest, awarded by the Canadian Journal of Family Law.

John-Paul is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Law Society of Alberta and the CBA Alberta, the CBA’s National Pro Bono Service Award, the UBC Law Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and the CBA British Columbia’s Pro Bono Award. He has been recognized in the area of family law by Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed legal directory, since 2010, and been recommended by Doyle’s Guide since 2020.


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